ETHICS is the division of philosophy that deals with questions of right and wrong and with the moral consequences of human actions and inactions. Medical ethics comprises those ethical issues pertaining to health care. There is widespread agreement that the discussion of ethical issues arising from the practice of medicine ought to be an integral part of the education of every physician.2 Such discussions have been shown to leave physicians feeling better prepared to address the bewildering array of ethical issues and moral dilemmas encountered daily in their clinical practice.3 Yet few agree on the means to this end.
Some educators prefer to emphasize the humanities in premedical education.4 Others advocate an integrated medical school curriculum, with didactic instruction in medical ethics during the preclinical years, enhanced by patient-centered ethical discussions during the final two years.5,6 Such an approach would parallel the progression from science to
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